Diego Simeone believes his side advancing to the Europa League semi-finals show his side ‘are among the best in Europe’.
The Argentine Coach guided his side into the last four following a 2-1 aggregate victory over Sporting CP, who won Thursday’s second leg 1-0 in Lisbon.
“We must deal with our reality and that right now is the Europa League,” Simeone told reporters, as cited by Diario AS.
“We play every game with enthusiasm and motivation and I am very proud of my players because for yet another season, we have proved we are among the best in Europe.
“Last season we were in the semi-finals of the Champions League and this season we are at the same stage of the Europa League, these matches are significant.
“I expected to suffer here tonight and this competition becomes increasingly competitive – Sporting have a very strong record.
“Sporting were excellent in the first half but we were not coherent in our play, but I am happy to eliminate a tough opponent and to keep fighting.”